Port optimistic about 2018

Construction under way for four new businesses

Construction is nearing conclusion on the new home of Fast Mobile Service at the Port of Grandview.  Fatima Ruelas, sister of owner David Ruelas, said the company may be ready to go in mid-February.

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Construction is nearing conclusion on the new home of Fast Mobile Service at the Port of Grandview. Fatima Ruelas, sister of owner David Ruelas, said the company may be ready to go in mid-February.



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Construction workers get started on a building for Henningsen Cold Storage, which purchased 26 acres of land from the Port of Grandview to expand its operations in Washington.

— Working on construction projects brought about by the addition of four new businesses in 2017, the Port of Grandview is looking forward to 2018 with hope for more.

As the same buildings are going up for the businesses, the Port is preparing two new locations, Puterbaugh Business Park and Grandview Business Park, for even more new business.

“Last year was the best the Port has experienced in a long time,” Port Commissioner Jim Sewell said.

Grandview Park, which contains 24 acres adjacent to the entrance of the Walmart Distribution Center, has water and sewer available, Sewell said. It still needs a binding site plan, approved by the city.

Puterbaugh Park, which is at Puterbaugh and Stover roads, has 36 acres of land. It still needs a binding site plan and the extension of water and sewer.

Sewell said Puterbaugh may be divided in two along the natural gas line that runs diagonally through the property.

One portion would be accessed from Puterbaugh, the other from Stover, Sewell said.

He said the Port hopes to call for bids on the water and sewer project by mid-January.

“We would hope to have the installation complete by April,” Sewell said.

There are no imminent moves by new businesses, but Sewell said the Port is in communication with a large number of them.

He said most of the recruiting work is done at trade shows. The Port also follows up on leads from the Yakima County Economic Development Association.

Land acquisition is not a priority. It may become one at mid-year, after the current work is completed, he said.



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